WWW Wednesday 8-8-18

Today is a WWW Wednesday. A weekly meme originally started by Miz B but now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.  

Feel free to join in the fun and let the world know what you are reading.

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

As usual, I have two books going at the same time.

Louisiana Hotshot (Talba Wallis, #1)On my kindle I am reading, Louisiana Hotshot by Julie Smith. This is a new author for me. I’m 30% in and I’m enjoying it so far.The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)

In print I’m reading, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. This has been on my wishlist since I saw the movie years ago. I’m only around page 100. The idea of a self-contained “hidden” city is fascinating.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

<sigh> Hamlet by William Shakespeare. I’m not a huge fan of Ol’ Will to begin with but this is most definitely my least favorite play of his I have read.  Full disclosure, I had to switch to the modern English version.

What’s next?

The Hundred-Foot JourneyThe Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. Another book was chosen based on a movie I’ve previously watched. I picked up a paperback at the library book sale this past Spring.  Look at the cover…it’s gorgeous.

 

What are you reading?

-CK

 

 

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Writing Again…

Finally! I have a new WIP!

My local writer’s group is working on a new anthology with a Mardi Gras theme. How awesome is that?  I’ve written a very rough 3500 words. After a bit of research, I can now go back and flesh the story out. My goal is at least 5500 words. It’s very skinny at the moment.

My WIP is set in Mobile (the home of Mardi Gras) and involves an actual Mystic society. The setting is also historically linked to our Carnival season. Which means…I better get it right. The story is fictional. But I want to depict our traditions as true as possible.

There’s nothing worse than reading a book, set in your hometown and about an event you know well, and being pulled out because your brain yells it’s too fake. A reader unfamiliar with the city or events may not have an issue with the inconsistencies. But a native could be annoyed.

That is the problem I’m facing. The anthology will mainly be sold in town (and online) so I want it to feel authentic. Submissions open in October. I’m probably over thinking this a bit.

As usual– there’s a playlist…

Some of these may not seem like Mardi Gras tunes but trust me. It works.

  • Dancing Queen- ABBA
  • Born on the Bayou- CCR
  • Bourbon Street Parade- Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Celebration- Kool & the Gang
  • Chasing Pavement- Adele
  • Corrine, Corrina- Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper
  • Jump, Jive, an’ Wail- The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • Tailgate Ramble- The Dixieland Band
  • When the Saints Go Marching in – Louis Armstrong
  • Ol’ Slac by Grayson Capps
  • Lagniappe (parts1 & 2) – Trombone Shorty

There’s actually another couple of dozen song as well but this gives you a good idea.

Laissez les bon temps rouler.

-CK

Top 5 Books I Want to Reread

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm. Click here for July topics.

Top 5 Books to Reread

I don’t generally reread books. But there are a few that I would like to reread.

To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee- One of my personal favorites. I’ve read it twice and each time I find new things to ponder.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – Now that I have teenage daughters I think rereading this will have a much greater effect on me.

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie- I love mysteries and this one has to be the best ever written. It’s a complicated web of characters and red herrings.

And Then There Were None

A Band of Angles by Julian F. Thompson- I remeberreading this in high school. I loved it and loned it to a friend. She never returned it.  It made enough of an impression that I’ve remembered it for over 25 years.

A Band of Angels
Where are the children? by Mark Higgins Clark – This was her first published mystery. I read it ages ago, in high school, I want to refresh my memory. All of hers are great.
Where Are the Children?
What book would you reread?
-CK

WWW Wednesday 7-11-18

Today is a WWW Wednesday. A weekly meme originally started by Miz B but now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.  

Feel free to join in the fun and let the world know what you are reading.

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I tossed a few books aside, not able to get into them. But I did find two to read. So here it goes…

What am I reading?

In print I am reading, The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J. Duncan, a book I won from a Goodreads giveaway. I’m around 100 pages into the novel. The body just turned up.

On my Kindle I am reading, Shark’s Tooth by Michael Guillebeau, a collection of short stories set in the Florida panhandle. I love to read about local places. Since it’s shorts I can just pick it up when I want. Works well.

The Marmalade Murders   SHARK'S TOOTH: EMERALD COAST MURDER

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Vamparazzi by Laura Resnick, book 4 in the Esther Diamond series. Book 4 was much better than book 3, funny as usual.

Everything you know about vampires is wrong, as struggling actress Esther Diamond discovers after taking a job as a victim in The Vampyre, an off-Broadway cult hit in Manhattan. Not only is she besieged by fang-wearing vampire groupies, fanatical anti-vampire activists, and the bloodsucking paparazzi, but she also has to put up with broody lead actor Daemon Ravel, who claims to be a real vampire. But when one of Daemon’s fan girls turns up dead—and drained of all her blood—Esther is determined to help. She turns to her friend Max, a 350-year-old magician. Meanwhile, Detective Connor Lopez, Esther’s ex-almost-boyfriend, is convinced that Esther herself is the blood-sucking killer’s next target.

 

What’s Next?

I’ve started Dracula but it could take awhile. So, I think I will read My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson. This has been on my TBR shelf for a year or more. Time to read it. Also, an adorable cover.

My Diary from the Edge of the World  What are you reading?

-CK

Top 5 Character Driven Books

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm. Click here for July topics.

Before I could choose my top 5 character-driven books, I had to find out what that was 😉

Character driven books have characters are the focus through deeds and emotions more than the plot.

To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee- One of my personal favorites. I’ve read it several times. The characters are rich as is the setting. A true classic.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – This pulls the reader into the lives of a group of Chinese Americans, allowing us to see a glimpse of their lives and relationships with their daughters.

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd- Another book centering on the lives of a group of women. This one set in rural South Carolina.

The Secret Life of Bees

The Martian by Andy Weir- the only book on my list centering on a male protagonist. Also, the only one focused on a single character for much of the book. It’s incredible.

The Martian

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg- Can I just say I love this book and fried green tomatoes.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

Read one, read them all. You won’t be disappointed.

-CK

20 Books of Summer Check-In

Thank you 746 Books for hosting this challenge.

20 books

Surf over to Cathy at 746 Books to find out more about this reading challenge. Basically, from June 1 to September 3 I will read 20 books.

  1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

2. Shades of Earl Gray by Laura Childs

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker

4. Change of Fortune by Jana Deleon

5. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

7. Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur

8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

10. A Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

11. Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey

12. The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J. Duncan

13. Vamparazzi by Laura Resnick

14. Blade Runner by Phillip K. Dick

15.  Cry of the Sea by D. G. Driver

16. My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Andrews

17. Shark’s Tooth by Michael Guillebeau

18. Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath

19. Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May

20. Hook by K.R. Thompson

WWW Wednesday 6-26-18

Today is a WWW Wednesday. A weekly meme originally started by Miz B but now hosted by Taking on a World of Words.  

Feel free to join in the fun and let the world know what you are reading.

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

I’ve got two books I’m working on, one in print and the other on my kindle. In print, I’m reading Ready Player One by Earnest Cline. I Love this book. It’s so worth the hype. Maybe it’s because I was a kid in the 80s, so I get all the references. It dosesn’t matter. I love this book! It’s a quick easy read.

On my kindle, I’m reading Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey. The cover is great. I’ve only read the first chapter but the profanity is a bit heavier than I like to read. I’ve recently bought 3 of his books used, so I hope I like this first book.

Ready Player One      Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms, #1)

What did I recently finish reading?

I just finished Change of Fortune by Jana Deleon, book 11 in the Miss Fortune series. Loved it.

Change of Fortune (Miss Fortune Mystery, #11)Sinful, Louisiana, is always a hotbed of activity, and despite the steamy heat, August is no exception.

Godzilla is terrorizing the town, looking for a home-cooked meal, and Gertie is worried someone will take the gator out before she can get him under control. Francine has a situation of her own at the café, where food is missing from inventory. And Celia is always up to no good.

But summer is almost over, which could mean huge changes for Fortune Redding. Her undercover time in Sinful has always been limited to three months, and that time is almost up. With Ahmad still on the loose, Fortune is forced to remain in hiding, but soon she’ll have to move to another town and start all over with a new identity. And that’s the last thing she wants to do.

Determined to get her life back, Fortune decides to draw Ahmad out and end this once and for all. Can Fortune take down one of the most dangerous men in the world? And if she can, does she have a future in Sinful?

 

What’s next?

Dracula [Kindle in Motion]It’s time for Dracula by Bram Stocker. This could take a while and I want it read by August. Again, I bought this just because it moves.

I still have plans to read this next.

 

 

 

What are you reading?

-CK